Netflix’s Junji Ito: Maniac anime series will bring new horror to life

Junji Ito's maniac poster
Junji Ito’s maniac manga poster. Pic credit: Viz media

Netflix has collaborated with Junji Ito, the horror mangaka, to bring his acclaimed works to life in new anime series.

Netflix has officially announced that they will be working with Junji Ito on a fresh new anime series called Maniac, which will collect some of his most famous and terrifying stories!

The well-known horror manga author has presented horrifying stories for some time. Still, fans have seen his works transition to animation, thanks to some excellent partnerships.

Now, the creator has been recruited for a brand new Netflix series named Junji Ito’s Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, which will adopt several of his own stories. So anime fans worldwide can be frightened by this new streaming company’s anime!

Junji Ito’s Maniac announcement

Junji Ito said in a special video shared with fans at Netflix Geeked Week this year that Junji Ito’s Maniac: Tales of the Macabre will adapt 20 of his horror stories into anime for the first time.

Ito disclosed three stories he will include in the new series, Tomie, Souichi, and The Hanging Balloons. This revelation gives fans a taste of what to expect from the new series. You can watch the special video with creator Junji Ito below:

Ito says in the video that they have yet to decide which of Tomie and Souichi’s storylines will be adapted. Netflix will release that additional information at a later date.

Unfortunately, production personnel and release information are being kept under wraps for the time being, but this new series is set to premiere sometime next year. Ito then details his methodology for each of the stories he emphasizes here. He gives a decent picture of what to expect from the new series.

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Ito expressed his delight at seeing his cherished characters brought to life by the show’s animators. He was excited to see them reinterpreted “in an uncanny, new environment.” Ito believes the animators are “putting forth their best effort” to get his stories to life.

Junji Ito’s maniac: A rundown

The Deserter author shared some backstory on the three works he mentioned. He also shared some character concepts for the series.

“The inspiration for Tomie came from the thought of a lizard’s tail regrowing after being cut off,” he explained while showing off the eponymous character’s concept art.

“It’s also about the shock and disbelief that comes with losing someone close to you unexpectedly. It’s that feeling you get when you feel that person could show up at any time. That’s what I was considering.”

Junji Ito

Ito also revealed the story behind The Hanging Balloons. The idea for the narrative came to him when he imagined a corpse hanging by the neck from a sizeable floating balloon.

“I made up a story about a town below where strange things happened every time a balloon appeared, however, thinking about it, I chose to make the balloon itself look like a severed head attacking people.”

Junji Ito

This is far from the only Junji Ito adaptation in the works, but it will undoubtedly be a horror-filled stamp for Netflix when it finally arrives.

What are your thoughts on Junji Ito’s stories brought to life differently with Netflix next year? Which of his stories do you want to see come alive next? Let us know what you think about it in the comments!

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